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We're glad you've taken the first step in your career planning journey by coming to our site. Next, plan to meet with your career coach! They will guide you through a process that will set you on the path to success. Continue reading to learn more about your options for career coaching, the topics we can cover with you, and other ways you can get started in your career planning process.

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Pre-Scheduled Career Coaching

Your UD career coach will help you develop a plan for your future beyond college. You will explore your values, interests, personality and skills to discover a career you’ll love. You'll learn how to build marketable experiences to develop a strong resume. By the end, you’ll be on a track towards success.

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How to Schedule Your Career Coaching Appointment

Meet one-on-one with your career coach to develop a plan for your life after college. Watch the video to learn how to schedule an appointment!

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Career Coaching Topics

Each time you meet with a career coach you'll have the opportunity to choose the topic you would like to cover. Choosing a career coaching topic for your appointment helps your coach prepare in advance. Don't stress about it though, just choose the topic that is most closely aligned with the general theme of your questions.

  • Career & Major Exploration

    In a Career & Major Exploration appointment you will take time to explore careers and majors that are interesting to you. Your career coach will help you identify your values, interests, personality, and skills explaining how they relate to major & career choices. You will learn about valuable resources to help you discover the ins-and-outs of all your options.

    Before your appointment, identify any careers or majors that you’ve ever thought might be interesting. Then, during the appointment, your career coach will ask you lots of questions so they can learn about the types of career and major areas that are interesting to you.

  • Career Fair Prep

    All college students should plan to regularly attend career fairs in order to network with employers and explore career paths. In a Career Fair Prep appointment, your career coach will help you develop your ‘elevator pitch’ and show you how to identify employers that match your interests. You will discuss how to effectively navigate a career fair and manage stress.

    Before your appointment, identify any questions you have about navigating a career fair. Also, find a list of the employers who will be in attendance and note which ones you would like to talk to at the fair.

  • Cover Letter

    In a Cover Letter appointment your career coach will teach you the simple and straightforward formula for writing a great cover letter. You will learn how to carefully read a job description and highlight your marketable skills in your cover letter.

    Before your appointment, print out (or email to your career coach) the job description for which you’re writing the cover letter. Write a rough draft of your cover letter so your advisor can know where your letter is headed. Also bring your resume to the appointment so your career coach can have some info about your skills and experiences.

    Cover Letter Handout

  • Full-time Job Search

    Searching for a full-time job can often feel overwhelming and stressful. In a Full-time Job Search appointment, your career coach will meet you where you are to discuss strategies for full-time employment. They will help you identify new strategies for your search with both online and in person resources.

    Before your appointment, think about what steps you’ve already taken in your job search. Reflect on how your search is going. If you have a resume and cover letter already created, be sure to bring that with you, if not, be prepared to learn about how to create both documents.

  • Graduate School Application Process

    In a Graduate School Application Process appointment, your career coach will talk with you about your long-term career goals and how a graduate degree will help you achieve those goals. They will share resources that will help you research graduate programs and take the proper steps of preparation.

    Before your appointment, identify questions you have regarding graduate school. Then, in the appointment, your career coach will help you get the answers to your questions. They will share resources with you about researching graduate programs relative to your field, as well as provide you a list of things to be thinking about/completing before you apply.

    Review our Graduate School Handout

  • Internship Search Strategies

    Gaining experience outside of your coursework is vitally important as you prepare for a career. In an Internship Search Strategies appointment, your career coach will emphasize the importance of networking to find internships, teach you where to look for internships, and walk you through how to apply (includes resume and cover letter).

    Before your appointment, think about what type of skills you would like to gain in an internship. Make a list of potential places that you would like to intern. If you already have an internship in mind, make sure to bring the description to your appointment.

  • Interview Prep

    In an Interview Prep appointment, your career coach will help you prepare for the ‘unknown’ elements of an interview by providing you will several steps you can take to prepare. They will teach you how to prepare responses to the different types of questions that you may get in your interview.

    Before your appointment, print out and bring a copy of your resume, the job or internship description (if you have one), as well as any additional information (research) you might have regarding the position for which you might interview. Also, give thought to what you anticipate wearing to an interview as well as the type of thank you notes you might send following your interview.

    Interview Prep Handout

  • Mock Interview

    In a Mock Interview appointment, you have a chance to practice your interview skills prior to having an actual interview.  Your career coach will give you feedback and suggestions about how to best navigate the interview environment.

    Before your appointment, create a list of your worries and concerns about interviews and come prepared to discuss those with your career coach. Identify a position of interest and bring a copy of your resume as well as any additional information (research) you have done on the position and employer. Also, dress just like you would for an actual interview.  This will give you a chance to practice wearing your interview attire.

    Mock Interview Preparation Handout

  • MBTI Results

    A MBTI Results appointment is for students who have already taken the online MBTI assessment.  If you have not already completed the assessment, you may wish to choose the “self-assessment” topic and discuss with your career coach whether the MBTI is the right assessment for you. 

    After you have taken the assessment, there is nothing else you need to do before the appointment. Your career coach will interpret your results and discuss the possibilities for career exploration efforts.

    Make sure to choose a 60-minute appointment as the interpretation will take approximately an hour to complete.

  • Networking

    In a networking appointment, your career coach will help you to identify the key professionals and resources in your network, and will help you create strategies to reach out to your network to maximize your career potential. In today’s job market, your network is essential to your success no matter what career field you are pursuing.

    Before your appointment, identify the people that you already have in your network. Fellow students, professors, and supervisors are great examples of some of the people you may already have in your network.

    Review our Informational Interviewing Handout

  • Overview of Career Development Process

    In an Overview of Career Development Process appointment, your career coach will break down your career journey into manageable steps and provide a structure for your career exploration. They will explain each step of the Career Development Process and will help you to identify which step(s) you are currently in. Based on that information, your career coach will work with you to create an action plan to make the most of each step.

    Before your appointment, it may be helpful to review the Career Development Process on your own. See if you can identify which step you’re in right now.

    Career Development Process Handout

  • Part-time Job Search

    Finding a part-time job can be daunting, but your career coach is here to help. In a Part-time Job Search appointment, your career coach will walk you through how to find part-time jobs, what the application process will include, and how to prepare your application (includes resumes and cover letters).

    Before your appointment, make a list of the types of part-time jobs you would like to pursue. If you already have a specific part-time job in mind, bring the job description as well as your resume (even if it’s just a draft).

  • Self-Assessment

    In a Self-Assessment appointment, your career coach will discuss the formal assessments associated with your values, interests, personality and skills. They will explain how these assessments can help you research and discover majors and careers that may be a good fit for you. Also, they will guide you through the process of signing up for the assessments and receiving your results.

    Before your appointment, reflect on what you already know about yourself. During the appointment, make sure to tell your career coach if you have taken a career development course or if you have taken any of the assessments in the past.

  • Strong Interest Inventory Results (SII)

    A Strong Interest Inventory (SII) Results appointment is for students who have already taken the online SII assessment.  If you have not already completed the assessment, you may wish to choose the “self-assessment” topic and discuss with your career coach whether the SII is the right assessment for you. 

    After you have taken the assessment, there is nothing else you need to do before the appointment. Your career coach will interpret your results and discuss the possibilities for career exploration efforts.

    Make sure to choose a 60-minute appointment as the interpretation will take approximately an hour to complete.

  • Resume Writing

    In a Resume Writing appointment, your career coach will help you format and develop each piece of your professional resume. You will learn how to tailor your resume to specific job descriptions and highlight your marketable skills in your accomplishment statements (bullet points). Resumes are a part of the application process for any job or internship.

    Before your appointment, print out any drafts of your resume that you have. If you have never written a resume before, make a list of all of the experiences (jobs, volunteering, student organizations, etc.). Also, bring the description for any specific job or internship that you are writing the resume.

    Resume Writing Handout

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Meeting with my career advisor for the first time was a very rewarding experience. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, but it paid off immeasurably.

Nicholas Zinselmeier

iGPS Planning

Link your career planning goals to your academic plan by adding our recommended semester-by-semester map to your custom academic plan by clicking the button below. Before you go, take a quick look at what we recommend year by year below. 

  • Freshman Year

    Fall Term

    • Attend the Fall Part-Time Jobs Fair
    • Explore the CDC Website
    • Log-in to myJobs
    • Schedule an appointment with your career coach
    • Attend a CDC event

    Spring Term

    • Take a career assessment
    • Research careers
    • Build experience
    • Create/update your professional resume

    Summer Term

    • Enhance your resume
    • Explore careers
  • Sophomore Year

    Fall Term

    • Build leadership experience
    • Schedule an appointment with your career coach
    • Attend a CDC event
    • Plan for a summer internship

    Spring Term

    • Continue to build experience and explore careers
    • Apply for an internship
    • Complete a mock interview
    • Meet with a career coach in your degree granting school

Crossroads Career Coaching

Are you exploring a major or career interest that does not fall within the general areas of your current school? We provide exploratory career advising to non-University Division students who find themselves at a crossroads.  Please complete the form to request your first appointment. 

Consider Taking an Exploratory Career Course

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The career courses listed below are open to University Division students and can be taken in conjunction with the work you do at the Career Development Center. Read below to learn more, and talk with your academic advisor to find the course that best fits your academic goals.

  • ASCS-Q294 - College to Career I: Explore Your Options

    2 credits | 8 weeks
    If you haven’t yet chosen a major or are at the very beginning stages of career exploration, this is the course for you. You will:

    • Take time to explore your interests, values, skills, and personality to see how they relate to different careers and occupational environments
    • Familiarize yourself with campus and community resources to find experiential learning opportunities
    • Learn structured decision-making skills to help you choose a potential major or career
    • Clearly understand how your academic choices relate to your career options
  • INFO-Y100 - Exploring Informatics and Computer Science

    1 Credit | 8 Weeks 

    Technology is everywhere and how it relates to the world today is very important to the future. The objective of this course is to offer students an opportunity to explore the many tracks within Informatics and Computer Science, while also learning about themselves, and the various careers available to computing students. Emphasis will be placed on the ways technology affects the work world and how students can tailor a major to their individual interests. Each week will include a guest speaker and/or lecture, interactive discussion, in-class activities and homework assignments to facilitate the exploration of computing as well as the individual.

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  • BUS-T175 - Kelley Compass I: The Individual

    1.5 Credits | Semester

    BUS–T 175 Kelley Compass I: The Individual focuses on the development of individual self-awareness that helps students make thoughtful, deliberate, and rewarding decisions about academic and professional goals. Compass I guides the student through an academically rigorous process of self-discovery and helps build and articulate a professional skill set uniquely grounded in the student’s own talents and interests. Each student builds his own unique company (YOU.inc). The course takes YOU.inc through Research and Development, Branding, Going to Market, and Strategic Planning.

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